re·​lieved ri-ˈlēvd How to pronounce relieved (audio)
: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions
relievedly adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.
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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Relieved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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